Why have tax credits and universal credit been paid early?

There’s nothing to worry about (Picture: Getty)

If you live in Northern Ireland, you may have noticed that your tax credits have been paid a day early today.

Working tax credit and child tax credit are paid to people on low incomes or who have children. Some people are eligible for one, while others will be in receipt of both.

Those who were already claiming tax credits before the government announced the roll-out of Universal Credit will be switched over between 2020 and 2023. However, if you’re a new claimant, you will have been enrolled to Universal Credit instead, which is a social security program that encompasses a number of benefits.

The payment dates are a little different for each. Tax credits are normally paid weekly or four-weekly, with set dates from the government. For Universal Credit, you will be paid monthly or every two weeks, with the money coming in on the same dates every month.

So, if you’ve noticed that these set dates are a little bit different this time around, here’s why.

Today is public holiday in Northern Ireland (Picture: Getty)

Today is a Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland, marking the anniversary of The Battle of the Boyne.

So, although tomorrow may have been the date you were normally paid, the public holiday means the government have brought this forward.

Although this should normally only affect those in Northern Ireland, some people do report this happening elsewhere in the UK.

If this is the case for you, there are no steps for you to take. If you do wish to speak to someone from HMRC regarding future payments or to manage your account, however, you can get in touch via their website.

Alternatively, call HMRC on 0345 300 3900. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm weekdays, 8am to 4pm Saturdays, and 9am to 5pm on Sundays.

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